Canyon Concert Ballet’s Artistic and Administrative Staff
Interim Artistic Director
Erica Rothfuss started dancing at Canyon Concert Ballet in 1990, and has performed in more than 50 CCB productions. She has been teaching at CCB since 2000, and has been our Assistant to the Artistic Director as well as the Company Manager and Ballet Instructor. Mrs. Rothfuss trained under well known dance instructors Gabriella Komleva, of the Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia, Galina Yordanova, resident guest teacher and choreographer for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Canada, Carol Roderick, Director of the CSU Dance Teachers’ Institute, and Lorita Travaglia, Ballet Mistress for Colorado Ballet. In addition to ballet, Mrs. Rothfuss has studied many forms of dance including Jazz, Modern, Contact Improvisation, Spanish, Swing, Salsa, Character, Tap, and Hip-Hop.
Born and raised in SE Wisconsin, Jenna Riedi graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BA in History, Religious Studies, and Classical Studies and from UW-Milwaukee with an MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Before coming to Canyon Concert Ballet, she was previously the Director of Development & Marketing for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County. Jenna is heavily engaged in the Fort Collins community as a volunteer with both Fort Collins Cat Rescue and Animal House Dog Rescue, a member of the Larimer Chorale, a member of the Fort Collins Eyeopeners Kiwanis Club, a graduate of Leadership Fort Collins (class of 2015-2016), and a 2018 40 Under Forty honoree.
Analia Alegre-Femenias Weber
Analia Alegre-Femenias Weber is a dancer, teacher, improvisational artist and choreographer who hails from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She obtained her BFA in dance from New World School of the Arts and her MFA in choreography from the University of Iowa. She began her professional dance career at the age of 16 in Puerto Rico with Drama Danza Company.
Throughout her career Analía has performed for Robert Battle, Bill Young, Donald McKayle, David Dorfman, Jennifer Kayle, Charlotte Adams, Freddrick Bratcher & Dancers and currently dances for Fort Collins’ own Impact Dance Company. As an educator Analia believes that dance is a tool to empower the artists and community leaders of tomorrow. Through her 15 years of teaching her students have moved to prestigious dance programs and colleges like The Juilliard School, Point Park University, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet, Graham 2, Northwest Dance Project among others. Her choreographic work has been presented in renowned spaces like 100 Grand and Judson Church in New York City as well as in Chicago, Colorado, Miami, Minneapolis, Tennessee, New Hampshire, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. She has choreographed award winning pieces for competitions like BRAVO!, Spotlight, and Applause.
Outside of dance Analía is a renowned Pilates instructor and was 2016 Pilates Anytime Top Ten Instructors both nationally and internationally. Analia is honored and excited to be Canyon Concert Ballet’s new school director and is looking forward to meeting all the CCB families!
David Jacoby is the Ballet and Modern Dance Accompanist for Canyon Concert Ballet. He is a richly talented multi-instrumentalist and composer currently residing in Fort Collins, Colorado. With eighteen years’ experience in the field, David’s work includes serving as Director of the Modern Dance Division at Colorado State University, accompaniment for Colorado Ballet, University of Colorado, University of Wyoming, Reverence Academy of Dance, University of Montana, Kirov Academy of Dance, Pacific Northwest Ballet, NYC Ballet and others. David has also written music for two contemporary ballets by Canyon Concert Ballet, three Modern dance pieces that have premiered in Colorado State University’s Student Concerts, and Ballet 7220’s Alice in Wonderland that premiered at the University of Wyoming October 2010. His range of instrumentation includes drum set, percussion, piano, and bagpipes fromScotland, Bulgaria, Estonia, and Russia, as well as other world instruments. His most recent work includes accompanying for the Youth American Grand Prix at Colorado Ballet, Snowy Range Dance Festival at University of Wyoming, Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop and playing for Colorado Ballet’s Summer Intensive. David thanks his Higher Power for giving him the talent to express beauty through him for the world to enjoy.
A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Alla Latchininsky is a pianist, teacher and accompanist. She has 36 years of playing and teaching experience.
Her students have received numerous awards nationwide for piano performance. Mrs. Latchininsky is a MTNA Nationally Certified Teacher of music at the Collegiate level. Alla began her piano study at age 6, at 7 she entered St. Petersburg Children Music School where she studied for 8 years. She graduated from St. Pete Music Education College with Bachelor of Music in Piano (1974-1978) and Moscow Musical Pedagogical Institute with Master of Music (1978-1984). Alla worked at the St. Petersburg Musical College as an accompanist and teacher for 11 years before she moved to the US with her husband and two daughters in 1995.
From 1998 Mrs. Latchininsky has been teaching in her Laramie private piano studio and part time at the University of Wyoming Music department as a piano lecturer and an accompanist. In 2011, Alla was the music director of a collaborative event between piano and ballet students presenting a show at the UW concert Hall. From 2013 – present, Alla is an accompanist for classical ballet at the UW Dance and Theater department. She is playing at the UW Snow Range Dance festival from 2015 – present.
Office Manager & School Registrar
Born in Texas and raised in New Mexico, Selena Paulsen moved to Fort Collins fifteen years ago and has been in love with Northern Colorado ever since. A big believer in the value of volunteerism, she’s donated her time to immigrants learning English, foster kittens, Poudre schools, and Arsenal Soccer teams. Selena holds a BA in English from CU, and a Master’s degree in Public and NonProfit Administration from the University of New Mexico. Her career has included jobs in the United States Senate, private and public schools, state and local government, and most fun of all, writing fiction.